Behind the Scenes: Finnish Designer Yrjo Kukkapuro at Home

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June 11, 2014
A look behind the scenes at the making of Dwell's June 2014 feature story on the home and studio of Finnish designer Yrjö Kukkapuro, who is now collaborating with Artek to produce his midcentury furniture designs worldwide. Read Full Article
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  Designer Yrjö Kukkapuro at home outside of Helsinki, Finland; shown with a model of his iconic Karuselli lounge chair.  Photo by: Kelsey Keith
    Designer Yrjö Kukkapuro at home outside of Helsinki, Finland; shown with a model of his iconic Karuselli lounge chair.

    Photo by: Kelsey Keith

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  Yrjö Kukkapuro's worktable. The table was made by Nike a factory in Eskilstuna, Sweden. Kukkapuro calls it "the Rolls Royce of all drawing tables” and reports that it was purchased over 40 years ago from Wulff Company in Helsinki.  Photo by: Kelsey Keith
    Yrjö Kukkapuro's worktable. The table was made by Nike a factory in Eskilstuna, Sweden. Kukkapuro calls it "the Rolls Royce of all drawing tables” and reports that it was purchased over 40 years ago from Wulff Company in Helsinki.

    Photo by: Kelsey Keith

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  Kukkapuro designed his open-plan home and studio with the help of an engineer; together they came up with the unusual parabolic roofline, which they fabricated from eight-centimeter-thick, poured-in-place concrete. This archival photo is from the fall of 1968, before the structure had been built around the roof. Photo courtesy of Yrjö Kukkapuro.  Courtesy of: Yrjö Kukkapuro
    Kukkapuro designed his open-plan home and studio with the help of an engineer; together they came up with the unusual parabolic roofline, which they fabricated from eight-centimeter-thick, poured-in-place concrete. This archival photo is from the fall of 1968, before the structure had been built around the roof. Photo courtesy of Yrjö Kukkapuro.

    Courtesy of: Yrjö Kukkapuro

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  A glimpse of the home shared by Yrjö and Irmeli Kukkapuro, courtesy of a Finnish magazine, Avotakka FinnMilieu70, that photographed the studio shortly after the family moved in.  Photo by: Kelsey Keith
    A glimpse of the home shared by Yrjö and Irmeli Kukkapuro, courtesy of a Finnish magazine, Avotakka FinnMilieu70, that photographed the studio shortly after the family moved in.

    Photo by: Kelsey Keith

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  Kukkapuro signed the bottom of a Karuselli chair model from Vitra. He designed the ergonomic seat and ottoman in the 1960s; it is now being produced by Finnish manufacturer Artek.  Photo by: Kelsey Keith
    Kukkapuro signed the bottom of a Karuselli chair model from Vitra. He designed the ergonomic seat and ottoman in the 1960s; it is now being produced by Finnish manufacturer Artek.

    Photo by: Kelsey Keith

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  Kukkapuro collaborated with graphic artist Teemu Lipasti in the 1960s to design brochures demonstrating the ergonomic properties of his chairs, like the Karuselli.  Photo by: Kelsey Keith
    Kukkapuro collaborated with graphic artist Teemu Lipasti in the 1960s to design brochures demonstrating the ergonomic properties of his chairs, like the Karuselli.

    Photo by: Kelsey Keith

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  Kukkapuro-designed furniture and prototypes, mainly chairs, are piled everywhere throughout the home/studio: arranged in casual seating groups, standing at attention in soldierly rows, and stored out of reach on top of cabinets. Here, you can see the textured detail on the underside of the swooping concrete roof.  Photo by: Kelsey Keith
    Kukkapuro-designed furniture and prototypes, mainly chairs, are piled everywhere throughout the home/studio: arranged in casual seating groups, standing at attention in soldierly rows, and stored out of reach on top of cabinets. Here, you can see the textured detail on the underside of the swooping concrete roof.

    Photo by: Kelsey Keith

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  Irmeli Kukkapuro, whose own graphic art studio is right next to Yrjö's space in their live/work home, keeps shelves full of travel knick-knacks, tokens, and family pictures, like these two showing her husband as a young man and her daughter Isa as a toddler.  Photo by: Kelsey Keith
    Irmeli Kukkapuro, whose own graphic art studio is right next to Yrjö's space in their live/work home, keeps shelves full of travel knick-knacks, tokens, and family pictures, like these two showing her husband as a young man and her daughter Isa as a toddler.

    Photo by: Kelsey Keith

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  As Irmeli and Yrjö Kukkapuro got older (they're now in their 80s), they built a structure alongside the original 1968 home. Here, their wood-paneled kitchen, featuring some of Irmeli's and friends' artwork along the walls.

Read the full home tour and profile on Yrjö Kukkapuro in Dwell's June 2014 issue.  Photo by: Kelsey Keith
    As Irmeli and Yrjö Kukkapuro got older (they're now in their 80s), they built a structure alongside the original 1968 home. Here, their wood-paneled kitchen, featuring some of Irmeli's and friends' artwork along the walls. Read the full home tour and profile on Yrjö Kukkapuro in Dwell's June 2014 issue.

    Photo by: Kelsey Keith

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